Run Jacinda, RUN!

HDPA has some sensible advice for Jacinda Ardern

If I was Jacinda Ardern, I’d call an end to this. I’d find the quickest way to bolt from coalition negotiations.

It’s not just the cringeworthy spectacle of the current public wooing that should worry Ardern. It’s the future. A three-way with Winston and the Greens is nothing but risky for her.

We’ll start with Winston. His performance over the last week should be ringing alarm bells at Labour Party HQ. He’s commanded more media attention than Ardern and he’s relishing it.

If he can stay in the limelight in the first week post-election, you bet he can do that for three years straight. Especially if he’s Deputy Prime Minister.

And there’s a reason he’ll do that. Peters wants a legacy. He’s missed out on becoming the first Māori Prime Minister, so the second best option may be to live on in memory as the guy who started the country’s third biggest party.

But for that to happen, New Zealand First needs to live beyond his retirement. And for that to happen, he needs alllllllll the attention.

But Labour needs that attention too. Thirty-six per cent isn’t enough to relax on.

So, Ardern faces three years of constantly competing with her sidekick who just happens to be the country’s smartest political operator. That’s a recipe for tension.

Then there’s the Green Party. They came through on election night with a respectable result given the circumstances. But don’t be fooled. They’ll be a shambles behind the scenes.

So, the Greens will try to force Ardern to tack left. But tacking left will alienate all those middle-of-the-road Kiwis that Labour needs to climb above 36 per cent. More tension.

Then, add to the challenge of dealing with two coalition partners, the challenge of dealing with 13 new MPs in your own caucus. Including Willie Jackson. Nuff said.

This is why Winston will pick National in the end.  Nobody wants to sign up for a 3 year stay on an exotic Pacific Island with two crazy friends and a gang of political retards that are so incapable and so inward looking that they’ll cause more trouble than they’re worth.

Of course, the attraction for National is to let it happen.  But new governments have an amazing capacity to be guided onto the straight and narrow – more or less, and become hard to dislodge after one term.

Plus, arrogance.  National really believe they have the natural rights to another three years.

 

– Heather dpA, NZ Herald


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